Ian Glyn is a founding Shareholder and Director of Brasserie Blanc and now sits on the Board of Brasserie Bar Co. where he is responsible for the growth of the group through individual property acquisitions and developments. Ian is a Chartered Accountant who has built a successful career in the leisure industry by joining forces with talented operators,to create, fund, operate and grow multi-unit managed businesses. In 1988 Ian founded Luminar Leisure with Steve Thomas and in the same year started Country Style Inns which grew to 20 pub restaurants. Ian teamed up with Mark Derry and developed Loch Fyne Restaurants. Separately, Ian also founded the Bel and the Dragon pub venture. Both businesses were sold successfully in 2007 and 2005 respectively.
Stephen Edwards is a Non Executive Director of Brasserie Bar Co. Stephen has over 19 years experience in private equity and corporate finance, having worked with Grosvenor, Mercury Asset Management and Proven Private Equity prior to co-founding Core Capital in 2004. He is a member of the BVCA Venture Capital Committee. He has led, managed or arranged over 20 transactions and managed investment teams and portfolios spanning some 50 private companies. He has backed several companies within the leisure sector, and has worked with the founders of Brasserie Bar Co. in four separate businesses since 1991, starting with Luminar Leisure. More recently, he backed Loch Fyne Restaurants before managing Core Capital’s investment in Brasserie Blanc and subsequently Brasserie Bar Co.
Helen was previously Finance Director at Loch Fyne Restaurants prior to the sale to Greene King.. She trained with Cadbury Schweppes on their graduate trainee programme and held a variety of positions within the company. She worked for Cadbury's in strategic planning Head Office, became CIMA qualified in 1995 then worked in the Paris office until 1997.
John Lederer is the Managing Director of Brasserie Bar Co. and has responsibility for managing the group’s Brasserie businesses. John has a highly regarded track record in building and developing retail hospitality concepts. He spent six years as Operations Manager at City Centre Restaurants plc, four years at Groupe Chez Gérard plc as Group Operations Director, and four years as Operations Director of Masala World. John graduated from the Ecole Hôteliere, Lausanne, Switzerland in 1980 and has pursued a career in restaurant management ever since. John has been a Non Executive Director for Prezzo PLC since the company’s launch.
Mark Derry is a Director of Brasserie Bar Co. and is responsible for the overall strategy, investor relations and marketing of the group. Mark is a highly experienced restaurant and leisure industry professional with a specialism in premium casual dining. He is also a restaurant industry adviser, working with like-minded entrepreneurs to build and develop restaurant brands..He works as a consultant for business turnaround situations in the UK hospitality industry as well as an investor. Mark formerly ran Loch Fyne Restaurants before its sale to Greene King in 2007, which he joined for two subsequent years. Mark’s industry career began with the management of off-licences in Glasgow before he joined Whitbread where he helped to build retail hospitality brands, including TGI Friday’s and Henry’s. Mark went on to work with Ian Glyn at quality pub dining group Country Style Inns.